With summer finally upon us, it can take a bit of motivation to get your head round thinking about a winter skiing holiday. Those who choose to play the waiting game to seek out the best ski deals are missing out on some amazing early booking offers. Ski Safari has some brilliant deals, delivering the ultimate incentive to convert late deal bargain hunters to early bird bookers. Here are four more reasons why it pays to fix your skiing holiday straightaway and book now!
Top Booking Tips
Flight sales – many airlines are running flight sales until 31st August 2017, which means now is the cheapest time to book a North American ski holiday. A new flight with Norwegian into Denver offers cheaper flight options to Colorado than last season.
Save on accommodation – many hotels and accommodation providers are offering savings of up to 50%, including free nights, room upgrades and free breakfasts.
Enjoy discounts on extras – resorts are offering incentives of up to 49% on lift passes, as well as offers on ski rentals, ski school and activities.
Availability – Families and teachers restricted to school holidays need to book early to ensure they get the holiday they want, which suits their needs at the best possible price. Easter falls on April 1st but after last season’s amazing snow record, April is still a good and viable option for families. Even February half term offers exist if you book in advance, including some great early booking deals (saving up to 45%) to Sweden and Norway – both ideal family options that benefit from guaranteed snow and fewer lift queues compared to many Alpine resorts.
Early booking offers:
Wowsers to Whistler – save up to 50% and get a double free room upgrade
With Canada celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, it’s time to head west. Whistler is undeniably a must-ski resort thanks to its awesome skiing terrain, superior accommodation and energetic village vibe.
How much? Stay at the iconic 5* Fairmont Chateau Whistler for 10 nights from £1,565 pp (saving £1,250 pp plus an extra £400 pp flight saving) based on two sharing, including flights with British Airways and transfers. Based on 1st February departure and must be booked by 31st August 2017. For the flight saving book by 11th July. A nine-day lift pass will cost £536, a saving of 27%. Book by 31st August 2017. For more information contact Ski Safari on 01273 224 060 or visit www.skisafari.com
Fantastic snow in Squaw Valley – save up to 50%
The North Lake Tahoe resort of Squaw Valley has just had one of their biggest winters on record, with 728 inches of snowfall during winter 2016/17. Squaw Valley is a great option for a January ski break with skiing to suit everyone, from wide, cruisy blues to confidence-building steeps and some of the best bowls for experts. You can also explore the nearby resort of Alpine Meadows, a fantastic intermediate resort offering 2,600 acres of terrain and included on your Squaw Valley lift pass with a free shuttle service
How much? Save up to 50% on ski-in ski-out accommodation, staying 10 nights at the 4* Squaw Valley Lodge Condos, with prices starting from £1,355 pp (saving £465 pp) in a two bedroom condo. Prices include flights and car hire. Based on 15th January departures and booked by 31st July 2017. Access 6000 acres spread between Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley on one incredibly good value lift pass valid all winter at £374 pp. Book by 31st August. For more information contact Ski Safari on 01273 224 060 or visit www.skisafari.com
Filled with awe for Åre, Sweden – save up to 45% at half term
Åre, Sweden’s world-class ski resort, has been chosen to host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2019. Åre is a wonderful all-round family resort with skiing from early December to early May. Supported by the excellent skiing instructors, children will progress soundly on the network of wide, welcoming and crowd-free slopes. Keeping them occupied off the slopes is easy too as Åre is one of the best places in the world to sample winter beyond just the downhill slopes. Ice-skating, sleigh rides, ice-fishing, snow-shoeing, snowmobiling, tobogganing, ice-driving, zip-lining, snow-kiting and even dog sledding are all on offer to maximise winter family fun. Children (under the age of seven) receive free lift passes if they are wearing helmets.
How much? Stay at the prestigious 5* Copperhill Mountain Lodge based on four sharing for a stay of seven nights in a suite based on two adults and two children under 12 years old on half board, including flights and transfers. Prices start from £1,19 9pp (saving up to £950 pp) for seven nights on 11th February. This offer must be booked by 12th July 2017. For more information contact Ski Safari on 01273 224 068 or visit www.skisafari.com
Okanagan powder in Sun Peaks – save up to 25%
Canada’s second largest ski resort, Sun Peaks is surrounded by three mountains – Tod, Sundance and Morrisey – that offer glade skiing, beautiful views and varied terrain, ideal for intermediate skiers and families. And for those who fancy a challenge, Mt Tod also offers black powder bowls. The Tyrolean style ski-in ski-out village has a pedestrianised centre, plus numerous restaurants, shops and bars to suit all tastes.
How much? The 4* Sun Peaks Grand, the resort’s largest and smartest hotel, has a 25% early booking discount staying seven nights, with prices starting from £1,180 pp (saving £100 pp plus an extra £200 pp flight saving) in a deluxe room. Prices include flights with Air Canada and transfers. Based on 9th January departures and booked by 31st August 2017 and for flight saving book by 11th July. Also, available with this offer is 2 for 1 lift passes (saving 50% pp) plus $50 hotel credit. For more information contact Ski Safari on 01273 224 060 or visit www.skisafari.com
Freshies in Furano – save up to 25% and free two day lift pass
Furano is fast becoming the hottest destination to ski pow without the crowds – it offers top notch piste skiing, but with a recent relaxing of restrictions on backcountry, there is now access to some fantastic tree skiing and untracked powder through the new gate system. The slopes are quiet and the on average nine metres of snow is lighter and drier than resorts in western Hokkaido.
How much? Stay seevn nights at the new 3* plus New Furano Prince Hotel on B&B from £1,745 pp (saving £160 pp) staying in a standard room with two people sharing. This offer is based on 28th February 2018 departures and includes flights, transfers, a seven-day lift pass with two free days and a night at Sapporo Chitose Airport. Book by 31st July 2017 for the 25% off for the hotel and, up to two free days on your lift pass saving 25% for lift pass bookings made by 31st August. For more information contact Ski Safari on 01273 224 067 or visit www.skisafari.com
Big in Japan – Happy Hakuba – one night free
Hakuba Valley is easily reached by bullet train from Tokyo and offers 10 resorts which are all covered on one lift pass. Steep, alpine terrain, quiet slopes and a quaint town make Hakuba a must-visit ski destination. The town is dotted with traditional eateries, and steaming onsen (hot springs) to rest weary limbs at the end of the day Take a day off skiing to visit the famous Jigokudani Snow Monkeys just an hour from resort.
How much? Stay at the 3* traditional ryokan Hotel Goryukan on B&B for seven nights including one night free, plus an additional nightly discount of £5 pp. Based on two sharing, including flights and bullet train transfers, prices start from £1,545 pp (saving £100 pp) for eight nights, seven nights Hakuba and one night Tokyo. This offer is available all season (excluding Christmas/New Year) and must be booked by 30th September 2017. For more information contact Ski Safari on 01273 224 067 or visit www.skisafari.com
Europe’s leading freestyle resort in Europe – Laax – one night free
As one of Ski Safari’s most popular Swiss resorts, Laax scores high on many levels. There’s expansive terrain ideal for mixed abilities, with the convenience of affordable ski-in ski-out accommodation and the added benefit of a short transfer of 1.5 hrs from Zurich. Laax has made its name as an international freestyle resort with a modern lift system and excellent snow record. Easter is the prime time to travel with family for the best value, with a free night offer at Peaks Place and the signinahotel.
How much? Stay at the 4* Peaks Place in Laax in a self-catered two-bedroom apartment, based on four sharing for seven nights including one night free. Based on two adults and two children sharing, including flights and train transfers, prices start from £599 pp (saving £50 pp, total £200) for seven nights on 1st April. This offer must be booked by 30th September 2017. For more information contact Ski Safari on 01273 224 062 or visit www.skisafari.com